Posterior dislocation of the long head of biceps tendon: case report and review of the literature

Skeletal Radiol. 2007 Aug;36(8):779-83. doi: 10.1007/s00256-007-0285-7. Epub 2007 Mar 23.


Posterior or lateral dislocation of the long head of biceps is a rare complication of shoulder dislocation that can result in inability to relocate the humerus. The diagnosis should be suspected when certain radiographic features are present at the initial presentation. Other imaging modalities can aid diagnosis when clinical management is unsuccessful or protracted. We present a case of surgically proven posterior dislocation of the biceps tendon with conventional radiographic, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging assessment. The literature on this subject is reviewed, and imaging features associated with the diagnosis are described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Humerus / diagnostic imaging
  • Humerus / pathology
  • Humerus / surgery
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Rotator Cuff / diagnostic imaging
  • Rotator Cuff / pathology
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation / complications*
  • Shoulder Dislocation / surgery
  • Shoulder Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Shoulder Joint / pathology
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery*
  • Tendons / diagnostic imaging
  • Tendons / pathology
  • Tendons / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed